Of course all of these things are optional, but if you decide to participate, I would love to see your results! E-mail me a picture or two!
WEEK OF MARCH 30TH OPTIONS:
We all feel a bit stuck inside, and even if we do venture out, the weather has been a bit uncooperative. Maybe we need to try harder to find beauty where we can? Draw what you see outside of your window. Backyard? Front porch? Street? Draw what you see and try to find one element that you previously had not noticed. Maybe that single thing could be done in color or in some way that makes it stick out more?
Use a sketchbook or loose paper and anything you wish to draw with. Think about creating value (over lapping objects and things getting smaller as they go back), having an interesting composition (use your space well) and creating depth (shadows and highlights) in your drawing.
Turn something from mundane to meaningful! My daughter saw a Van Gogh light switch cover she really liked. Since we are trying to stay in as much as possible, we got crafty and repainted her current plate. We scuffed up the old one with steel wool and then cleaned it with alcohol. We used acrylic paint as our color, let it dry for a day and then added a couple coats of clear spray paint to protect it. What currently boring object could you make look better? Share a picture with me when done!
WEEK OF MARCH 23RD OPTIONS:
A 3-D option
I am always looking for good, at home clay recipes. They usually are made of inexpensive ingredients found in the kitchen such as salt and flour. Search in books or online for a good recipe, try it, make something fun out of it and let me know if you like the recipe so I can add it to my collection. Some of these clays require baking in the oven and some can air dry, but most can take either a light coat of paint or some food coloring to tint the clay itself.
What should you make? Maybe some spring time decorations such as a woven basket, chick coming out of an egg or whatever you find interesting. (High school kids are weird, I look forward to seeing the results!)
A 2-D option
You do not need to have fancy materials to create art. Try painting using natural pigments found around the house. As your “paint” try using things such as teas and coffee. An assortments of fruits and vegetables can also give lovely results. Think about the amazing color of beets, berries and leafy greens. You will find many online resources that will give you ideas, color samples and direction on how to make the pigments strong enough to see. One good website is www.vermint.com, but there are tons of others.
Another 2-D option
Drawing. Use a sketchbook or loose paper and anything from a pencil to lipstick. (It if makes a mark – it counts!) Chose one or more of the ideas below and make a well planned, nicely executed drawing. Thinking about creating value (over lapping objects and things getting smaller as they go back), having an interesting composition (use your space well) and creating depth (shadows and highlights) in your drawing.
- A drawing of you doing what you wish you could be doing right now. Shopping at the mall, hanging out with friends, taking a math test….whatever it is – draw it!
- A drawing of your current view. What are you looking at? Show me.
- These are uncertain time. Can you draw what you are afraid might happen or what you hope will happen?
Not much makes me happier than “making stuff”. So, in this strange time of uncertainty, maybe you can create something too